Plot = A Haryana – based medical student Rajesh Dhiman (Akshay Oberoi) gets embroiled in the vicious circle of ‘blood mafia’ because of his friend Shankar Singh Malik (Randeep Hooda). Will Rajesh be able to free himself from the clutches of law or will he learn the biggest lesson of his life?
Opinion = The movie is inspired by true events and delves into the operation of ‘blood mafia’ prospering in the state of Haryana. If we go by the ‘face value’, we see a lot of research and facts involved in the making of this movie, which were enough to give it a realistic feel. The movie is made with great audacity and will make you uncomfortable as a viewer, on various occasions. The team tries to analyze the mindset of the people involved in trading blood, illegally. The movie also raises an alarm that, if situations are not dealt with seriously, it will destroy the entire country. The way people are shown handling blood samples and blood storage packets, are enough to give you goose bumps. It is sad to see that such smuggling is prospering in our country, on a massive scale. The movie successfully conveys its intended message, in an entertaining way. It can easily be watched on NETFLIX!
Performances = Actor Randeep Hooda has established a niche for himself in the fraternity. With every outing, he sensitizes the audience with a new facet of his acting capabilities. Here, he is playing the role of a local goon, with the same finesse. Actor Akshay Oberoi had a similar role in GURGAON. In both the movies, he has played the role of an Haryanvi Boy. His dialogue delivery is okay, but he needs to work heavily on improving his facial expressions. Actress Piaa Bajpai was only present to irritate the audience with her weird usage of English language. Actress Meenakshi Dixit as Rashi has a refreshing presence. She was very good in emotional scenes. Actor Rajendra Sethi as Pushpendra is completely wasted here. Actor Rajniesh Duggall had appeared on screen after a very long time, this time also, with the same dead-pan expressions.
Direction & Other Technical Aspects = Director Syed Ahmad Afzal has presented a very serious issue, in the most subtle way. In spite of dealing with a topic like ‘blood mafia’, he was successful in showcasing the romance between Randeep & Meenakshi and camaraderie between Randeep & Akshay. However, at some places, he went over-the-top and quite filmy, in handing the proceedings, which has deterred me from giving this movie a perfect rating. Technically, the movie is very sound. Special mention for the Cinematographer and the Production Design team, for filming very realistic scenes while taking out blood from the professional donors (PDs as they are called).
Rowdy Rating = 4 / 5